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Universities to open soon after two COVIDs – 19 vaccines given to academic and non-academic staff

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Universities to open soon after two COVIDs – 19 vaccines given to academic and non-academic staff

There are plans to give both vaccines to all academic and non-academic staff in Sri Lanka’s university system to open universities soon, said University Grants Commission chairman Senior Professor Sampath Amaratunga. He revealed this information in a statement to the government’s Information Department yesterday (17).

The President of the UGC further stated that in collaboration with the Health Authorities, a rapid program has been implemented in this regard. Both vaccines have already been administered to academic and non-academic staff for over 30 years at all universities. He also indicated that all university administrations have been informed to take steps to coordinate
with the nearest health service centers in each district and immunize academic and non-academic staff under 30 and students.

In addition, University Grants Commission staff below and over 30 have already received both vaccines. University registrations for the coming year are currently
in place. Professor Amaratunga said that the vaccination of university staff was carried out promptly by special permission, as it is essential to call the staff at work.

A monitoring system under the direct supervision of the University Grants Commission to assess the progress of immunization on university staff under 30 and students is in place. Senior professor Amaratunga said universities should be opened after progress assessment and after discussion with health authorities, university vice chancellors and other relevant parties.

Professor Sampath Amaratunga said that although universities are virtually closed, typical academic and non-academic activities continue without hassle with the help of modern communication technology systems.

Mohan Samaranayake
Director General of Government Information


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